The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) escalated their attacks against Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).
At approximately 7:20pm Monday, 20 September 2004, an Israeli helicopter fired a missile at a civilian car in the Tel Al Hawa area in Gaza City killing Rabah Darwish Zaqout, aged 38, and Nabil Ibrahim Al Sai'di, aged 38, both are residents of Al Bureij Camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip.
In addition, 5 Palestinians were also injured in the attack; two of whom are the children of Hasan Hafiz Saleh Shamalakh: Bader aged 5, and Ahmed, aged 7.
In his affidavit to Al Mezan, Shamalakh said he was walking with three of his children in the area at the moment of the shelling.
Five-year-Old Bader is in a critical condition at hospital and Shamalakh himself sustained moderate wounds.
Meanwhile, IOF carried out incursions in the northern town of Beit Hanoun, and the town of Al Qarara, north to Khan Younis.
At approximately 2 am Tuesday 21 September 2004, they stormed into the eastern part of Beit Hanoun and demolished five homes and two commercial stores.
They left the area three hours later, but continued to close the four entrances leading to Erez checkpoint.
Ambulances with patients could not reach the entrances, and patients had to walk to them.
In Al Qarara, armored bulldozers are still leveling land.
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the escalation of the IOF's extra legal assassinations of Palestinians.
Such acts have always resulted in loss of civilian life due to the use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force in civilian areas, which come in a context of wide-scaled violation of Palestinian human rights in the OPT.
The Center also emphasizes that the systematic policy of assassination breaches the International Humanitarian Law as well as the United Nations Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Judicial and Summary Executions.
Al Mezan Center renews his calls upon the international community, and particularly the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War, to immediately intervene and protect Palestinian civilians in the OPT, and to bring those who ordered and perpetrated such crimes to justice.